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IBS Speaker Series: The Economic Geography of Environmental Regulation
September 13, 2021 @ 12:00 pm - 1:00 pm
Zoom link: https://cuboulder.zoom.us/j/95260579117 – email firstname.lastname@example.org for password.
Speaker: Taylor Jaworski
Abstract: Substantial improvements in air quality over the last 50 years have also been accompanied by costs of economic adjustment for sectors targeted by environmental regulation. This paper develops a spatial general equilibrium model to quantify the benefits, costs, and welfare implications of environmental regulation due to the 1990 Clean Air Act Amendments (CAAA). First, we estimate the direct effect on productivity and amenities of the change in nonattainment status following stricter air quality standards imposed by the CAAA. Second, we combine these estimates with a model of interregional trade to evaluate the aggregate impact of the CAAA. Finally, we discuss the application of our framework to other types of spatial interventions in the presence of labor mobility and trade linkages.
Bio: Taylor Jaworski is an associate professor in the Department of Economics at CU-Boulder. His research focuses on economic history, regional development, and transportation. He received a PhD in economics from the University of Arizona.